Summer’s over and kids are back in school, but many people are making plans for at least one more getaway this fall, before the arrival of another busy holiday season. According to a new survey from AAA, more than one in four Americans (28 percent) expects to take a vacation this year between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
“Traveling during the fall season has its advantages,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Fewer crowds and mild weather, allows travelers to immerse themselves in a destination’s local culture and catch a good deal in the process.”
In fact, Americans say the top benefits of taking a fall trip include:
- Fewer crowds and children (68 percent)
- More favorable weather (63 percent)
- The opportunity to find better value for the cost of their trip (55 percent)
“Savvy travelers can often find lower prices on everything from airfare and hotels to cruises and vacation packages, as travel companies offer incentives to fill their vacancies during the fall,” continued Evans.
Road trips are the preferred activity for fall travelers. Sixty-two percent of those planning a vacation intend to pack up their cars and hit the road. Thanks to milder weather, outdoor events such as fall festivals and visits to national and state parks are particularly popular with travelers this time of year. Twenty-six percent of those who are planning a fall vacation will take a trip to view fall foliage, a favorite pastime from the northeast and New England, to the beautiful Midwest scenes in northern Michigan and Wisconsin.
The majority of fall travelers will stay within the United States, with Orlando, southern California, Hawaii and New York the most popular domestic travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings. Approximately one-third of fall travelers are planning an international vacation, with European destinations including Rome and London especially popular this time of year.
This year’s top fall destinations based on AAA Travel bookings include:
- Orlando, Florida
2. Rome, Italy
3. Anaheim, California
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
5. New York City
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
7. London, England
8. Dublin, Ireland
9. Boston, Massachusetts
10. Cancun, Mexico
Before setting out on a fall getaway, travelers can contact their local AAA office for the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor who can provide personalized service and in-depth destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. For more information about fall travel or to begin planning a trip, visit AAA.com/Travel.
AAA’s report presents the findings of a telephone survey (landline and cell phone) consisting of 1,011 adults living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this survey was conducted August 3-6, 2017. This study has an average statistical error of ±3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level for all U.S. adults.